Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Loose Threads - Design Board Challenge Quilts - Round 4

Tonight was Loose Threads.  Our group keeps getting smaller and smaller due to people moving and such.  However, those of us who are left, met tonight with a guest and previous member, Deolinda Rhoads.  It was great to see her again.

I had Adena Joseph's board and on it she had an apple core, with a swatch of solid green and some green frond leaves.  However, my creative side of the brain was over loaded and I ended up doing something a bit traditional.
It is a Lori Holt's pattern.

Karen Taber couldn't make it but she did email a picture of her almost finished project.  She had Barbara Sawyers board.

Barbara Sawyer inspired by Grace Hoya's board.

Adena's Shockra quilt inspired by Sara Kelly's Board

And Grace Hoya inspired by one of the stained glass pieces on my board.
Thanks for looking.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Been busy.  Got some more guild boutique items made.  Here are the latest.

I need to tag all the items because I have to deliver them to the boutique chair person on Tuesday since I won't be around on the day they are due.  

I also am caught up on all my block of the month/weeks.

These are the Marcus Brothers block of the weeks (weeks 5, 6 & 7).

Fat Quarter Shops Block of the Month.
Pat Sloan's Globetrotting Block of the Month.

Also, finished my Loose Threads quilt based on Adena's board.  More on that when I have all the pictures from our exchange this coming Tuesday.  

This past week was the Tulare County Fair.  This year only 27 quilts were entered so my chances of getting a ribbon were pretty good.  And I did, I got 2 blue ribbons and a red ribbon.  So excited about that.  I entered my Halloween Solstice Quilt, my Best of the Valley Challenge and the Fat Quarter Shops 2013 Block of the Month quilt.

I leave in less than one week on a grand adventure to New England with 3 of my quilting buddies.  We plan on going to the New England Quilt Museum, Boston Art Museum, Harbor cruise, Maine for Lobster, Freedom Trail in Boston, Newport Mansions, Norman Rockwell Museum and more.  And of course, there will be some quilt store stops along the way.  

Well, I'm off to tag my boutique stuff.  

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A purse, some applique, block of the week and more boutique items

Been busy working on more boutique things.  I also finished a few things for myself.  First, I bought Tara Rebman's Craftsy class and made this little (really big actually) tinker tote.

I made the purse 2 inches taller that the pattern so I can make a pocket big enough for my ipad.  This will be the perfect travelling bag.

I also finished another block in my block of the year applique project.  :)

All four finished blocks
I am also participating in Marcus Brothers block of the week.  These are weeks 3 and 4.
And I also worked on some more boutique items.  (Our guild is having a boutique to raise money for all our projects and workshop for the year.)  The boutique is October 4th.  

reusable gift bags

Yes, I've been busy.  I've used a lot of scraps and for the reusable gift bags, some older Christmas fabrics.  Even the purse was all scraps and fabrics that I already had.  I only had to buy utility fabric (like a muslin) and some heavier interfacing.

Now I need to get serious and start quilting on my Farmers Wife Quilt.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I've been busy!

After I pinned my Farmer's Wife quilt, I decided to take a break and work on our guilds boutique items.  I've shown a few in the last post, but I have added the following to the mix.
Fall table runner

close up of table runner

17 bowl cozies (use with a bowl in the microwave so you don't get potholder in your food.
Doxie Pouch (free pattern on Bernina USA


Baby blankets - minkee on one side and cotton on the other

Christmas bibs

Fall placemats (8)

Halloween Lap Quilt (Using 20 blocks from the Celtice Solstice mystery last year that I didn't use on my quilt.)

Unlined Halloween totes

Fall pot holders

Little Christmas table topper

Christmas table topper

Halloween pot holders
I took a break today to work on some block of the month/weeks.  I'm still waiting for the Fat Quarter Shop BOM but I did get Pat Sloan's Globetrotting BOM block done.
Paris Block (August)

All the blocks so far
Then silly me decided to do the Marcus Brothers Friends and Companions Designer Sew Along.  I had some civil war like fabrics so I thought I'd give it a try.  Here are weeks 1 & 2.  They are 9" finished blocks.

And the Loose Threads ladies met last week and we had our round 3 designer board challenge quilts to show.  You can check all the quilts out here.  At the meeting I was telling them I thought mine was kind of boring so we talked about adding sand and shells to the bottom, which I did today. I was inspired by all the big hand stitching on Grace's board.
Don't know what the vertical stripes are from.  Not on original photo.

The board I was inspired by.  
I still have a few more things to work on for the boutique but feel like I've actually done enough so we'll see if I do work on more.  My new machine is skipping stitches.  I've done all the things I can do to fix it but it's still now working so it looks like it's going in for it's first check up.  Which is good - there might have been some updates that I don't know about.  I haven't figured all that stuff out.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boutique Items and a BOM block done

For the last two years, our guild has had a fall boutique to raise money for programs and workshops.  So since the idea of national teachers coming to teach, I always like to donate items for the guild.  I started in earnest this weekend to work on some items for this years' boutique.  We are also having a section for consignment items (where 15% of the sale goes to the guild).  Here are a few boutique items.
Quilt as you go table runner using left over strips from quilt I made last year.

Bought these 2 panel kits 1/2 off at our local quilt store.

Another quilt as you go runner from left over strips.

I'm also going to put this wool table runner in the consignment section.  I have been working on this each time I go visit my dad.  

And then I finished the Fat Quarter Shops Block of the Month for July.  (Remember, I'm making 2 blocks each month so I'll have 2 quilts at the end.  One to donate to next years guild.)
I also put together a Halloween quilt using the left over blocks from the last Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  I won't show that until I quilt it.
Thanks for looking.  I have a lot more to make.  I have some little pouches and bags I want to make and maybe another stuffed doxie.